Raytheon Hosts First Responders Experiment

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Dec. 12, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE:…

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Dec. 12, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN) hosted a mission readiness experiment Nov. 30 involving
federal, state and local agencies looking for ways to improve the
procedures, protocols, interfaces and systems employed for responding to
very serious incidents.

The experiment was conducted in an exercise environment that allowed
responders and players to see how their roles, interactions and decisions
would play out in responding to a major event.

First responder agencies participated in a 4-hour Advanced Incident
Command Experiment reacting to a notional tanker truck spill on Interstate
95 within the city limits of Providence, R.I., that had serious safety,
medical, health, traffic, and environmental consequences. The experiment
took place in high-tech modeling and simulation facilities at Raytheon
Integrated Defense Systems’ (IDS) Headquarters Mission Center, Tewksbury,
Mass.

“Coordinating a response to a complex civil emergency with many
players, each with distinct capabilities, procedures, communications
systems, and management chains, is very similar to the challenges faced in
managing military and security operations,” said Lee Silvestre, who leads
Raytheon IDS’ Mission Innovation.

“Raytheon has considerable expertise and experience integrating the
capabilities and command and control of military operations,” Silvestre
said. “It became apparent to us that many of these processes and systems
have direct application for civil authorities who are also dealing with
very serious and complicated situations. By using advanced modeling and
simulation, we are able to reveal issues impacting performance, challenge
our assumptions, and stress the current system in a no-risk, low-cost
environment.”

Silvestre and her team posed the idea of the experiment to Rhode Island
emergency management officials who enthusiastically embraced the
possibility of applying integration techniques used in joint military
operations and signed up for the experiment to find ways to make it work.

Participating in the exercise were officials and players from the
Providence Fire Department, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency,
Providence Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security,
United States Coast Guard, Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island
Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental
Management, and the Narragansett Bay Commission.

In addition to these participants playing in the exercise, observers
recorded reactions and interactions as the notional emergency unfolded, and
the exercise was videotaped to make sure nothing was missed during the
post- exercise analysis.

“This was an excellent exercise,” said Michael Dillon, assistant chief
for the Providence Fire Department and incident commander for the exercise.
“I’m astonished that this was put together in such a short time. Next time,
we’re going to bring more players to perform their functions. It is a
valuable tool for fire services.”

“It was a great opportunity for our emergency responders to partner
with Raytheon and their advanced technology to find ways to improve our
capabilities and procedures when responding to a major incident,” said Leo
Messier, director of Providence’s Emergency Management Agency and Office of
Homeland Security. “As this system is developed further, it can be used to
train new supervisors who may lack some of the hands-on experience managing
actual major emergency situations.”

A number of players echoed Messier’s sentiment about the exercise’s
benefits for training first responder supervisors and managers.

Silvestre said that the next phase is to analyze the exercise, identify
gaps, obstacles and redundancies, and develop possible solutions that may
be of interest to the response community.

“This is not a one-time thing,” Silvestre said. “We hope to do this
periodically, with different scenarios and missions, including others to
get different perspectives and a more complete understanding of the
situations civil authorities face.”

“Future exercises will benefit from lessons learned during this first
experiment,” Silvestre said. More communications channels, face-to-face
play, more role players, media interest, a better understanding of selected
agency roles and capabilities, extending the scenario to include effects,
and refining exercise software were some of the areas cited for creating a
closer to real-world incident management experience.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon’s leader in Joint Battlespace
Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad
international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile
Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland
Security.

Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $20.3 billion, is a technology
leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government
markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 85
years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems
integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and
command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a
broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham,
Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

Load Comments